• Air Flights

    Major airlines fly into Cape Town and Johannesburg on a daily basis. You won’t get cheaper fares by booking them in Southern Africa so you may as well book them from wherever you are/live.
  • Baz Bus Hop on Hop off

    The Baz Bus is a hop-on, hop-off backpackers bus in South Africa. It’s an easy way to get from A to B and a fun way to meet other travellers. They drop you at your backpacking hostel door.
  • Buy back Car Companies

    Buy a car here for your journey through Southern Africa and save up to 60% in rental fees!
  • Car Hire South Africa

    There are a number of cheap car hire operators in South Africa. All of the cities in South Africa have car hire branches.
  • Long distance trains

    Southern Africa does not have a great railroad infrastructure so travelling by train is fairly restrictive (but fun nonetheless).
  • Minibus taxis

    Without doubt, the cheapest way to travel is to use local black transport systems or “minibus taxis”. They require nerves of steel but are definitely the most efficient way to get around pretty much anywhere in South Africa.

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Long Distance Buses

There are a number of long distance buses including Translux, Intercape, Greyhound and the Baz Bus (which is the only real backpacker bus).


Transport

  • Mainliner bus services

    These are usually air-conditioned “luxury buses” which have on-board toilets and a hostess who occasionally offers you a sugary drink or blanket. “Chicken (pack ‘em and stack ‘em) busses” are cheaper, less spacious, more crowded, more likely to be fun (if you have a sense of humour) and more likely to break down. In some areas they may be the only bus service and are unlikely to have a strict timetable.
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(randomly selected service providers from all regions)

Africanyon
Go Kloofing with Africanyon in some of Mother Nature's most breathtaking gorges, waterfalls and pools.
(Stormsriver,Garden Route)

All Out Africa
They organise volunteer projects and can book day trips and safaris.
(Lobamba,Swaziland)

Atlantic Point Backpackers
Cape Town's newest backpacking hostel, which is close to the Waterfront.
(Green Point,Cape Town)

Mfihlo Guest House and Backpackers
Situated in the rural village of Bhomela in the South Coast of KwaZulu – Natal, Mfihlo backpackers is ideally situated close to the Oribi Gorge and Lake Eland nature reserves, blue flag beaches and the towns of Margate and Port Shepstone.
(Port Shepstone,South Coast)

Old Vic Travellers' Inn
A real home away from home, the Old Vic Backpacking hostel offers snug doubles at refreshingly affordable prices.
(Nelspruit,Mpumalanga)

Vienna Gem Mini Backpackers
Hey Backpackers, here's a safe place to stay in the presigious suburb of Randburg for under R100 a head!
(Johannesburg,Johannesburg)

Battlefields Backpackers - BBI
They pride themselves on being a friendly little place (with a very long name - Battlefields Backpackers International is their full title).
(The Battlefields,Drakensberg Backpacker Hostels)

Abreak Away
Want to surf, drum, kayak, have fun? It's all here.
(Muizenberg and Kalk Bay,Cape Town)

Stumble Inn
This Stellenbosch backpackers is an easy going place in the centre of Stellenbosch with lots of upbeat energy.
(Stellenbosch,Wine Region)

Mainliner bus services
These are usually air-conditioned “luxury buses” which have on-board toilets and a hostess who occasionally offers you a sugary drink or blanket. “Chicken (pack ‘em and stack ‘em) busses” are cheaper, less spacious, more crowded, more likely to be fun (if you have a sense of humour) and more likely to break down. In some areas they may be the only bus service and are unlikely to have a strict timetable.
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